- Usually cut to special order
- Sawn and planed rebated available
- Longer service life than most timber
- High in tannins, naturally rot resistant
- Colour ranges fade to attractive greys
- Can be treated/stained to maintain colours
- Lightweight timber, ideal for cladding
- Stainless steel, copper or bronze fixings
Cedar featheredge cladding
Western red cedar featheredge provides another option in a variety of building applications where a longer service life is desired. Lightweight and durable, the cedar featheredge boards can be used in some high-end fencing applications or for cladding walls or structures in a more rural environment.
Lightweight with long service-life
Sawn cedar featheredge boards are very rich in colour but light in weight. All our cedar featheredge boarding is cut to special order, this allows for natural variations in colour but because the boards are machined at the same time it allows the product to “age” at a more uniform rate. The boards will become silver grey over time because of the natural UV in daylight. There are products available, OSMO UV420, which will slow down this ageing process. If the end user wants to preserve the colour for as long as possible then OSMO 428 contains coloured pigment. The sawn boards will absorb a lot of treatment, it may be worthwhile to ensure the boards are dry and then sanded back to a reasonable finish before treatment.
Extra planning for successful installation
When the boards are being used for fencing, or for cladding, some thought will have to be given to framing. Longer service-life posts would be suggested, the 100mm Permapost would be one suggestion – they can be faced with some cedar cladding to merge in with the colours of the fence. Extra rails on the posts would be useful with a rail being run to the very edges at the top and the bottom of the board. A cedar gravel board and/or a small cross-section of cedar could be utilised.
Timber battening for Cedar
If cladding a wall or retainer consideration will have to be given to how the wall is battened. If the boards are being run vertically, the battens will be horizontal and extra runs of batten must be arranged to allow air to circulate at the back of the cladding. Normal batten of spacing of 600mm might be best reduced to approx. 400mm, giving extra grip. Once again a small section of cedar could be run along the top and bottom edges of the finished boarding.
Stainless steel fixings
Finally it goes without saying that all metal fixings in contact with the cedar should be stainless steel, copper or silicon bronze. We would recommend stainless steel annular nails with a minimum length of 38/40mm. If a Paslode gun is used then use a soft tip on the gun to minimise any potential damage to the boards. Stainless 51mm Paslode nails are usually kept in stock
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